Internal Medicine Residency News, February 25, 2019

Monday, February 25, 2019

From the Director

Happy last week of Fun-bruary! We are hopefully heading into spring weather. And I hope no one blew out a shoe rounding in the CCU.  

We had a great week of events in the #dukefamily. First of all, congratulations to Brittany and Luke Gatta on the birth of Teresa! Second, huge kudos to Keva Garg, Sheila Sherzoy and Taylor Triana on a fantastic 19th Annual Med Res Charity Auction. Many thanks to Lynsey, Tia and Ernest for your help. 

Additional kudos to our NC ACP presenters and our Doctor's Dilemma Team of Rebecca Ruf, Nick Shelburne and Josh Lee. Duke IM represented so well at the entire weekend!  

Resident volunteers at Urban MinistriesMany thanks to our ResTeers helping out at Urban Ministries - Becca Lumsden, Tamara Saint-Surin, Tanmay Gokhale, Stacy Bagrova, Caitlin Driscoll, Sara Coles and Kim Cocce.


Kudos this week go to Shannon Niedermeyer, Mike Fitzgerald and Nick Koutlas from JVK for being an awesome Gen Med Team (I can attest as my weekend with them was awesome), to the DRH SAR trifecta of Joe Plaksin, Lara Hayes and Katie Charles from Winn Seay for "above and beyond" work, to Mike Grant from Jordan Pomeroy for outstanding care of a VA patient (saved an admission!), and to Resident volunteer at Urban MinistriesRebecca Ruf and Hannah Dzimitrowicz for outstanding SAR talks and to Kim Cocce from Dr. Darsh Kothari for excellent patient care in GI Clinic.

PubMed from the Program
This week’s pubmed from the program goes to all of our NC-ACP presenters: Corey Bradley, Jeremy Brooksbank, Erin Frost, Jordan Gales, Jessie Gu, Nicholas Kamp, Govind Krishnan, Alexandria Mara, Shannon Niedermeyer, John Paul Shoup, Anmol Singh, Matt Tucker, and Justin Yoo.

This week we are holding our second fellowship meeting for rising SARs/CIP-er's. See you on Tuesday!

Have a great week!

Residents at NC ACP

Clinic Corner: Ambulatory

Contributed by Daniella Zipkin

Continuity Clinic Survey NOW active in MedHub!!
This is our primary source of data for continuity clinic feedback. It is SHORT! Please fill it out!! Thanks!!

Ambulatory Threads
We are in the process of updating the threads and getting everything in place for next year. We are also taking a look at Academic Half Day to assess where gaps still remain and make it even more robust for next year. Please keep your feedback coming!

Advocacy in Clinical Leadership Track
We are still sorting out some logistics and will announce the new participants in the ACLT very soon – apologies for the delay on that!

General Internal Medicine Journal Club
The Division of General Internal Medicine sponsors a journal club about 4 times per year, during ACLT blocks. The next one is coming up March 5, at the home of Cheryl Baker – see your email from Ernest for details. The article will be announced soon!

General Internal Medicine Research Award
The DGIM is also sponsoring its second annual medicine research award. Stay tuned for submission instructions, and direct any questions to Dani Zipkin.

From the Chief Residents

Morning Report and MGR: Feb. 25-March 1, 2019
Date Topic Lecturer Time Location

Liver Test Abnormalities

Dr. Choi 7:15 a.m. DUH 8253
2/26/19 Menopause Dr. Muashar 7:15 a.m.

Pickett Road


ACLT Lecture

Ryan Anderson 7:15 a.m.

DUH 8253



Dr. Lyles 7:15 a.m. DUH 8253

Medicine Grand Rounds: Trivia Bowl

IM Chief Residents

8 a.m. DUH 2002
Academic Half Day: March 1, 2019
Thread Topic Lecturer Time Location

SpA& Non-inflammatory Back Pain


Sophia Weinmann

Mike Canos

9:15 a.m.

10:30 a.m.

VA NG032


ID 101

David Jang

Micah McClain

9:15 a.m.

10:30 a.m.

PRIME conference room


Noon Conference: Feb. 25-March 1, 2019
Date Topic Lecturer Time Location Lunch

Chair's Conference

Chris Ferreri

12:10 p.m.

DUH 2002



Improving Inpatient Care with PT/OT

Juliessa Pavon

12:10 p.m.

DUH 2002

Jason's Deli

2/27/19 ACR Gallops Claire, Filley, Sarah

12:10 p.m.

DUH 2002

2/28/19 MKSAP/Dr. G Debrief Chiefs & Dr. G

12:10 p.m.

DUH 2001

Cosmic Cantina

Chair's Conference


12:05 p.m.

DUH 2002

Duke Gen Med Conference Schedule: Feb. 25-March 1, 2019
Date Topic Lecturer Time

SAR Report


Tessa Genders to Murat Arcasoy

Dana and Ariel with Dr. Cooney

1:15 p.m.

4 p.m.


SAR Report 

Intern Report 

Todd Brophy to Dr. Govert

Carlos Rivera-Pratts to Diana McNeill

1:15 p.m.

3 p.m.


SAR Report 

Wynn Hunter to Aimee Zaas

1:15 p.m.


SAR Report 

Intern Report - Hospitalist Lecture Series

Mike Grant to Joel Boggan


1:15 p.m.

3 p.m.

From the Residency Office

Narrative Medicine Returns
We're super excited to announce our next Narrative Medicine session on Mon., March 4 at 6:30 p.m. in Med Res! We are incredibly lucky to have Dr. Galanos (AND potentially Dr. Barfield as well) to precept our next meeting! Our prompt this session will be "Write from the perspective of a patient's family member/friend." By choosing this theme, we hope to inspire you to think about the thoughts, fears, and uncertainty that loved ones experience while helping us care for their family/friends in the hospital.

If you are interested in joining us, please send Matt Labriola an e-mail so we know how many to expect and can plan out how many narratives can be discussed. Dinner/drinks will be provided. To ensure a safe and intimate space, we are limited to ~12 participants so make sure to grab a spot!

14th Annual Duke Health Quality and Safety Conference
Registration is now open for the 14th Annual Duke Health Quality and Safety Conference on March 21. To register, go to or through our intranet page

Learn more about this year's conference:

Leadership skills session
Join PWIM for a special presentation on leadership skills. Learn strategies for how to be an effective leader, from advocating for yourself to communication strategies for success. Mary Trabert, MBA, CAPM, is the Administrative Director of the Duke Center for Health Measurement and an experienced speaker on practical leadership skills.

Session will be held from 6-8 p.m., Feb. 27, in DMP 2w96. Please RSVP to

Funding opp: Faculty-Resident Research Grant
We are pleased to invite you to apply for the 2019 annual Faculty-Resident Research Grant applications. The applications are due on April 1, 2019 for a funding start date on July 1, 2019. For JARs, the funding end date is June 30, 2020. For Interns, the funding end date is June 30, 2021. See email for application instructions. For any questions, or to discuss mentorship and research project opportunities please contact

#ProudtobeGIM Gathering
In partnership with the Society of General Internal Medicine, the GIM divisions Duke and UNC are joining forces to host our Inaugural #ProudtobeGIM gathering on Wed., Feb. 27, from 6 to 9 p.m. We will be gathering at the University Club, enjoying food and drink and looking out over Chapel Hill and Durham from the 17th Floor of University Towers (3100 Tower Blvd. in Durham). Please RSVP here.

Feeling down? Need to talk to someone? Opportunities for Wellness
All trainees at Duke have FREE access to Personal Assistance Services (PAS), which is the faculty/employee assistance program of Duke University. The staff of licensed professionals offer confidential assessment, short-term counseling, and referrals to help resolve a range of personal, work, and family problems. PAS services are available free of charge to Duke faculty and staff, and their immediate family members. An appointment to meet with a PAS counselor may be arranged by calling the PAS office at 919-416-1PAS (919-416-1727), Monday through Friday between 8:00 A.M. and 5:00 P.M. For assistance after hours, residents and fellows can call the Blood and Body Fluid Hotline (115 inside DUH, 919-684-1115 outside) for referral to behavioral health resources. Another resource is Duke Outpatient Psychiatry Referrals at (919) 684-0100 or 1-888-ASK-DUKE.

Upcoming Dates and Events

  • Feb. 26 - Fellowship Informational Meeting
  • Feb. 27 - #ProudtobeGIM Gathering and PWIM Leadership Event
  • March 1 - Trivia Bowl Grand Rounds
  • March 4 - Narrative Medicine Event
  • March 9 - Duke v. UNC Game Watch Party
  • March 15 - Match Day Party!
  • April 12 - End of Year Group Photo - All Classes
  • May 3 - Resident Research Grand Rounds
  • June 7 - SAR Dinner